Airfield Grooving

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Airfield grooving is used to increase the friction of a wet surface by removing surface water. Jointline have many years experience at the installation of anti-skid grooving to asphalt and concrete runways at airfields both in the UK and Worldwide. It is also possible to install antiskid grooving on highways to give additional surface grip.

Airfield grooving involves saw cutting horizontal grooves into the surface of a runway.  This helps any water on the surface dissipate more quickly increasing surface friction and reducing the chances of aquaplaning. Grooving has become the proven, most cost effective way to increase the co-efficient of friction in the wet thus improving the take-off and landing distances of aircraft. Tests by NASA have proved that a grooved runway should finish with a co-efficient of friction which, in the wet, equates to 85% of that when it is dry.

For anti-skid grooving, we have an extensive selection of plant available including the latest "Cushion Cut" machine. This machine, in addition to the provision of grooves to the required centre, pitch and depth specification will automatically vacuum up the resultant spoil. Each job is unique and we will identify the correct depths of grooves and groove spacing to maximise the efficiency of water dissipation for your surface.

Only operatives with the requisite ability and experience are employed by Jointline Limited on these contracts and we always work to the safest standards.  

Jointline Limited has recently undertaken ant-skid grooving of runways at:


  • Heathrow Airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Stansted Airport
  • Glasgow Airport
  • Manchester 2nd Runway


  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Cyprus


  • Kenya
  • Ghana


  • Cayman
  • St Lucia
  • Barbados

Throughout the USA

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like a quote or have any questions about airfield grooving.

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